The Magic Mike star is a Southern boy at heart – but don’t expect him to talk like one. “I sound like whoever I’m around,” he told The Boston Globe of his lack of a twang. “I’m okay with accents.”
ALASKA: MARIO CHALMERS
He now plays in tropical South Beach, but the Miami Heat point guard has the distinction of being only the third player to enter the NBA from Alaska. “A lot of people say there’s nothing in Alaska but snow and ice,” the Anchorage native told The Miami Herald. “So, being from Alaska, being that guy, I just want to [disprove] it.”
ARIZONA: DIERKS BENTLEY
Though he eventually found his way to Nashville, Bentley fell for country music in his hometown of Phoenix. “Arizona is huge for country,” he told The Columbus Dispatch. “All my friends liked country music – Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, those kinds of guys.”
ARKANSAS: WES BENTLEY
Unlike his Hunger Games alter ego Seneca Crane, who lives in fictitious Panem’s wealthy Capitol, the American Beauty actor traces his beginnings back to the college town of Jonesboro, Ark.
CALIFORNIA: JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
Though he’s traveled everywhere from Sin City to the 3rd Rock from the Sun, it’s Los Angeles where this adorable actor feels most at home: He was born there and came back after attending New York City’s Columbia University in the early 2000s.
COLORADO: DON CHEADLE
The Iron Man star’s love of acting began on the elementary school stage while living in Denver, where he starred as Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web. “It was a great costume and a great part, actually,” he told The Denver Post.
The American Horror Story star hasn’t forgotten his Waterbury, Conn., roots, often giving back to the community and crediting his grade school, St. Mary School, for helping him stay on the path to success. “It really sort of instilled in me a sense of order,” he told the Hartford Courant. “I got a really good education there.”
DELAWARE: RYAN PHILLIPPE
Phillippe was discovered in his hometown of New Castle while getting his hair cut at a local barbershop, and cited his upbringing as the motivation for his acting career. “There was something to having grown up modestly and wanting a different monetary status,” he told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
FLORIDA: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
The Spanish singer is a Miami boy through-and-through: he grew up in the Floridian city, attended its local university and continues to call it home. “[What I love about Miami is] if you want to party, you can. But if you want to relax, you can, too,” he told The Miami Herald. “I love the ocean, but I also love the city.”
The RampB singer regularly pays homage to his Atlanta upbringing through his music, his sartorial choices (all those Atlanta Braves baseball caps!) and his philanthropic work, making Georgia’s capital the home base for his New Look Foundation.
HAWAII: JASON MOMOA
The Game of Thrones hunk’s Hawaiian heritage is apparent in major aspects of his life, from the names of his children – daughter Lola Iolani and son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha – to his acting career, which began with a role on Baywatch Hawaii.
IDAHO: AARON PAUL
Breaking Bad‘s leading man was raised in Emmett, but he was restless, graduating from high school a year early to chase stardom. “I left Idaho at 17,” he told NPR. “The typical story, packed up my car and moved out.”
ILLINOIS: JOHN CUSACK
Cusack got bit by the acting bug as a student at the Piven Theatre Workshop – run by actor Jeremy Piven’s parents – in his hometown of Evanston. It eventually helped him land a major role in 1985’s The Sure Thing, a movie he shot while still attending high school.
INDIANA: ADAM LAMBERT
The American Idol runner-up spent his early years in Indianapolis before relocating to California with his family. But Midwest Glamberts welcomed the rocker as their own when he brought his Glam Nation tour to Indiana in 2010.
IOWA: ASHTON KUTCHER
Born in Cedar Rapids and raised in Homestead, Kutcher stayed close to home as a teen, attending the University of Iowa before entering the state’s Fresh Faces modeling contest in 1997 and winning a career-launching trip to New York City.
KANSAS: PAUL RUDD
Fans of Rudd have his Overland Park upbringing to thank for the actor’s down-to-earth appeal. “I live in New York and spend a lot of time in L.A., but people in the Midwest keep me grounded,” he told VisitKC.com. “I’ve been told I’m a pretty polite guy and that’s because of Kansas City.”
Growing up in Union, The Hunger Games heartthrob spent his adolescence surrounded by nature, which bolstered his creativity. “I was always outdoors, like running around, using my imagination, playing in the woods, playing in the creeks. That’s a typical upbringing where I’m from,” he told ABC News.
The Vampire Diaries star’s home state is what inspires his wildlife and environmental conservation efforts. “I grew up on those bayous,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m from the gulf coast of Louisiana, and it’s one of the most beautiful delicate ecosystems in the world.”
MAINE: PATRICK DEMPSEY
While Norton’s family has prominent ties to Columbia, Md. – his grandfather, James Rouse, was a developer who helped shape the city – the actor’s star-making turn in 1996’s Primal Fear is what put him on the map in his hometown. “In Columbia, they simply could not conceptualize the idea that a Columbia person could be in a movie,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’d be in the mall or a grocery store, and someone would come up and say, ‘Have you seen that new Richard Gere movie? You look just like the kid in it.'”
He plays a New Yorker on Mad Men, but Slattery actually hails from Beantown. “There’s something I find quintessentially Boston about John,” playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, a fellow Bostonian, told The Boston Globe. “It’s this welcoming good-natured twinkle that masks something slightly dangerous just below the surface.”
MICHIGAN: TOM BRADY
While he plays for the New England Patriots and was born in California, Brady honed his athletic prowess as a quarterback for the University of Michigan, shepherding the Wolverines to victory in the Citrus Bowl and the Orange Bowl in the late 1990s.
Before making the move to Hollywood, Hedlund’s beginnings were far from glamorous. “We were trapping gophers continuously. There’s always something to be done on the farm,” he told Minnesota’s Star Tribune of his early years living on a beef cattle farm in Sandquist.
MISSISSIPPI: LANCE BASS
The former boybander has received nothing but love from his home state, joining its Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and having a Saturday in August designated “Laurel Is Proud of Lance Bass” day by the mayor of his birthplace.
MISSOURI: JON HAMM
Hamm spent a year teaching acting in his hometown high school in St. Louis before ultimately deciding to pursue his Hollywood dreams. That doesn’t mean he’s lost any love for the city, particularly its sports teams. “Someone recently made the comparison of saying the world’s biggest Dodger fan in L.A. is pretty much equivalent to the average Cardinal fan in St. Louis,” he told Esquire. “And I would only partly disagree with that exaggeration.”
MONTANA: PATRICK DUFFY
The actor may be best known for his role as Bobby Ewing on Dallas and the TNT reboot, but Duffy was born in Townsend, where his parents, Terrence and Marie, owned a tavern in the nearby town of Boulder for 34 years.
Though he spent the early years of his life in Omaha, Greenberg has since traded peace and quiet for the hustle and bustle of the East Coast. “This is where I feel most like myself, even though I’m from the Midwest,” he told USA Today. “I always play New Yorkers, and I’m from Nebraska.”
Following his parents’s split, Ne-Yo’s mother moved the family from Arkansas to Las Vegas, where the crooner attended a performing arts high school and first discovered his singing voice. “It was definitely a little bit of a culture shock,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Arkansas is very slow … Then, to come to Vegas, everybody’s like go, go, go, we gotta get it done right now.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE:SETH MEYERS
The Saturday Night Live star is a proud New Englander, attributing his particular brand of comedy to the way he was raised. “New Englanders are really good at teasing you and letting you know that it’s coming from a place of affection,” he told The Boston Globe. “To get that sensibility into [SNL] has been wonderful.”
NEW JERSEY: JON STEWART
The Daily Show host joins a long list of famous Jersey boys, having grown up in Lawrenceville, near the state capital of Trenton. He remains a staunch defender of the state. “New Jersey is tremendous,” Stewart told Playboy. “Everyone’s got New Jersey wrong.”
NEW MEXICO:NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Child star Harris started acting before he hit Hollywood. “My hometown [Ruidoso] was small … but it did have a theater, and I just started doing plays because it was fun,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
NEW YORK:ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
The son of an independent filmmaker and an actress, the Iron Man star was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich Village during its heyday as a center for bohemian culture and the Beatnik movement.
NORTH CAROLINA:MICHAEL C. HALL
The Dexter star was born and raised in Raleigh, where he played sports, sang in the church choir and acted in school plays. But his sights were always set on something bigger. “The move to New York was really big for me,” he told Tennessee’s Knoxville News-Sentinel of his decision to attend New York University’s graduate acting program. “Back in North Carolina, I always thought actors came from somewhere else.”
NORTH DAKOTA:KELLAN LUTZ
OHIO: JUSTIN CHAMBERS
Prior to being recruited as a male model off the streets of Paris, the Grey’s Anatomy hunk lived a small-town life in Springfield, where the class of ’89 graduate from Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center majored in general merchandising.
The country crooner has made his hometown Ada proud, winning a Denbo Diamond Award at age 16 (the highest honor Oklahoma awards its young entertainers)– but the transition to the big time hasn’t always been easy.”You know, being just a redneck from Oklahoma, I’ve learned the hard way that it’s a different world to step into that Hollywood spotlight,” the Voice judge told The Oklahoman.
OREGON:ERIC CHRISTIAN OLSEN
The NCIS: Los Angeles star – and new dad – hails from Eugene, where he lived for a time before relocating to Iowa as a kid.
Last year’s Sexiest Man Alive is a proud Philadelphian. “I don’t think you can get any more Philly roots than me,” he told Philadelphia magazine. “My father went to Roman Catholic and Villanova, my mom went to Olney High School and Temple. It’s funny – I hear my accent. Whenever I’m around my family, it totally comes out.”
RHODE ISLAND:CHARLIE DAY
The Horrible Bosses actor spent most of his childhood in Middletown – but don’t tell that to his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans. “It’s so funny now because no matter where I go, I have people coming up to me going, ‘Hey, I’m from Philly, too.’ So I’ve completely lost my identity as a guy who grew up in Rhode Island,” he told New Jersey’s Courier-Post. “I’m a Philly guy now.”
SOUTH CAROLINA:AZIZ ANSARI
The Parks and Recreation star credits his Bennettsville upbringing for shaping his palate, but admits it’s a double-edged sword. “I definitely have a huge affinity for Southern food. Not so much the racial issues,” he told Playboy. “It’s a weird balance. We’ve got delicious fried chicken, but the Confederate flag also hangs outside the statehouse.”
SOUTH DAKOTA:TOM BROKAW
The NBC anchor is part of a long South Dakota legacy: his great-grandfather founded the town of Bristol, while Brokaw himself was born in Webster, and later attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.